November 12th, 2010

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Traveling day.

We packed and loaded, and then stopped at the mechanic's place as I had a blown headlight. Fixed, we stocked up on some supplies at Fabric Patch so that my spouse could get autographs from SF authors on fabric for a planned quilt.

We stopped for lunch in Yucaipa. We made a Veteran's Day stop at the General Patton Museum off I-10 in what used to be the Desert Training facility during WWII (entry fees to the museum were waived for Veteran's Day, but I simply took the cost and stuck it in the donation box to support the facility.) We stopped for dinner in Buckeye, AZ. We stopped for the night in Tuscon.

TusCon starts this afternoon at 2PM, and we're going to try it out. It sounds like it's a relaxacon, and that would be nice if it is, but I'll enjoy a busy, stimulating convention as well. If it's too boring, there seems to be lots to do nearby including a museum to nuclear missiles, Biosphere 2, and a Desert Museum. The mechanic pressed us to travel out to Tombstone; he says it's much more interesting than Tuscon is. We'll see if we have time. At least Biosphere 2 is on our path homebound.

Oh, and more on the Patton Museum: It's more about the units he commanded during WWII than it is about his career. There's some personal items of the General's there, including a pair of saddles, which led forestcats to complain about the poor condition they were in and how they needed to be cared for, but much of the collection is clearly bequests from former soldiers including models and personal gear. Outside, there's a number of tanks, but only one is a WWII model Sherman; others were from the 50s, and there's a number of Patton tanks, most in very poor shape. I'm glad we stopped to see it, though. There's some photos out there to be seen, when my wife gets around to posting them to the cloud.
Dead Dog Cat

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We've had a very busy day, here in Tuscon.

In the morning, after a free, but poor, breakfast at the hotel, we drove to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and had a delightful several hours. We enjoyed a free flight bird demonstration, with the raptors and owls flying low enough over the crowd to brush their wings on our heads! They had otters and beavers, bobcats and mountain lions, hummingbirds and quail, and lots of flora to examine. We had a great time there.

We got back to the hotel just as the convention was starting to set up the admission table, and got signed in, and then we left again to get some lunch. We found our way to 4th Avenue, which we'd noticed had a number of restaurants on it. We parked, and found our way into Magpie's Gourmet Pizza. Now, we have our problems with pizzas that aren't born and bred in Chicago, though there are a few that we enjoy, here and there. The pesto pizza at Magpie's was definitely an enjoyable item. We may have accidentally found our way to the best pizzeria in Tuscon, for all I know, though with forestcats as the guide, you can always be assured of adventure!

Filled up, we went back to the hotel for the convention, where things had finally gotten rolling. We strolled the art show, and I purchased the two books for the Dresden Files RPG, which I've never seen for sale in my area. I plan to get Jim Butcher, the author of the stories of the Dresden Files (like Storm Front, the first novel of the series) to autograph them both, if he's willing. Then we split up to go to different panels; we met up again a short while later when we both attended the same talk. When the opening ceremonies started, we attended; once over, we spent an hour or so in the con suite, hanging out, nibbling, chatting, and reading.

We crash now; there'll be more convention in the morning. Nice folks, nice chats, good GoH, and tomorrow evening, we'll go out to dinner with Katie, the woman who was matron-of-honor at our wedding, so that'll be cool.